Bob Hamilton has more than 34 years of experience in civil litigation in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts and in First Amendment and media cases.
Bob has litigated a wide variety of matters in many of the nation's largest and most complex bankruptcy cases over the past three decades, including 1031 Tax Group; Alpha Natural Resources; Allegheny Health, Education and Research Foundation; American Apparel; Appalachian Fuels; Breed Technologies; Boscov's Department Stores; CS Mining; Cardinal Industries; Chrysler; City of Detroit; Dana; Federated Department Stores; FLYi; HQ Global; Harry & David; Hostess; Kmart; Loewen; Macy's; Metaldyne; Molycorp; National Century Financial Enterprises; NextWave; NII Holdings; Patriot Coal; Peabody Energy; Spansion; Tower Automotive; and World Kitchen.
Bob represented CompuServe in the first case addressing an ISP's liability for unlawful third-party content. He also represented CompuServe in the first case to enjoin a defendant from sending spam to an ISP's subscribers under the common law of trespass to chattels.
Other media clients he has represented include AOL, Cleveland magazine, Gannett, ICANN, the Motion Picture Association of America, Multimedia Entertainment, National Enquirer, Nextel, Ohio magazine, Playboy magazine, Post-Newsweek Stations, Sally Jessy Raphael, The Columbus Dispatch, The Washington Post, and Trinity Broadcasting.
Bob was featured as one of four leading e-commerce "Pioneers" by IP World in December 2000. He has taught internet law as an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University College of Law and Capital University Law School.
- December 2010
- December 4, 2009
Successful Pre-arranged Bankruptcy Filings, plenary panel, ABI Winter Leadership Conference
- April 20, 2009
Jurisdictional and Procedural Issues, panelist, PLI 31st Annual Current Developments in Bankruptcy & Reorganization
- April 7-8, 2008
Appeal of Confirmation Orders, panelist, PLI 30th Annual Current Developments in Bankruptcy & Reorganization
- September 2015, July 1999-2006, 1997, August 1996
Electronic Communications: Institutional and Individual Liability and Spam, Cornell University: Computer Policy and Law
- June 28, 2005
The Business Provisions of the 2005 Bankruptcy Code Amendments, Jones Day CLE Program
- September 25, 2002
Privacy2002: Information, Security and New Global Realities
- July 2001, 2000, 1999
Free Speech Issues on the Internet, The Internet and Legal Ethics, Liability on the Internet: Defamation and Spamming, Ohio State Bar Association: Law and Cyberspace
- May 2001
University of Texas School of Law: 14th Annual Computer Law Conference- Software, Networks and E-Commerce, Intermediary Liability Issues
- April 2001
Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Napster, The Federalist Society, Columbus Ohio Chapter
- October 2000, March 2000, March 1996
Liability of Colleges and Universities for online conduct by their faculty and students, National Association of College and University Attorneys: Annual Conference
- August 2000
Bankruptcy Issues in Hi-Tech Industries, American Bankruptcy Institute: 5th Annual Southeast Bankruptcy Conference
- April 1998
Junk E-Mail - The Growing Smell of Spam, 1998 ISPCON
- March 1998
The First Amendment and Liability for Third-Party Content in Cyberspace, Seton Hall University School of Law: Constitutional Issues Involving Use of The Internet
- February 1998
Computers, Freedom and Privacy 1998, Moot Court: Suing Spammers
- September 1996
Publication Torts On-Line: The First Amendment and Liability for Third-Party Content, University of Houston 10th Annual Computer & Information Law Institute
- August 1996
Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Media Law and Defamation Torts Committee: Online Newspapers: Liability for Content Posted by Readers, American Bar Association Annual Meeting
- May 1996
Publication Torts and Liability for Third-Party Conduct Online, Suffolk University Law School: "Doing Business & Avoiding Liability in Cyberspace"
- April 1996
Debating Decency: Censorship and The First Amendment on the Internet - A Panel Discussion, Michigan Telecommunications & Technology Law Review
- March 1996
Defamation And The First Amendment Online, Michigan Telecommunications & Technology Law Review: Advising Businesses in an Online Digital World: The Risks and Rewards of Electronic Commerce
- February 1996
Libel on the Internet, Federal Communications Bar Ass'n Seminar on Communications Law
- January 1996
The First Amendment in Cyberspace, ABA Forum on Communications Law: 1st Annual Conference
- September 1995
Torts in Cyberspace: First Amendment Overview, 1995 NAA•NAB•LDRC Libel Conference
- March 1995
Libel on the Internet, Society of Prof'l Journalists Midwest Conference: "Libel & Slander in the 90's"
- Harvard University (J.D. magna cum laude 1984); Northwestern University (B.S. in Speech with distinction 1981; Newton Minow Scholar)
- Ohio; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Sixth, and District of Columbia Circuits; and U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and Southern District of Ohio